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Our Mother

Sometimes I like to think of our mother as the Mamie de Jardinage, or the Gardening Grandma. If I could name one person who eats, sleeps and lives for her flowers, it would be our Mamie de Jardinage!

A huge Stag-Horn Fern

Some women hand down old family recipes. Some bequeath family quilts. Others may pass on wonderful family photos. And still more entrust to the younger generation, old family stories. But our mother has done even more than this. She has bestowed on her family the love of gardening. This passion for gardening has not only inspired her daughters, but has extended into some of her grandchildren and even great-grandchildren!

Mom's Hydrangea...Simply beautiful

We’ve seen the way she appreciates the aspect of having a flower garden. She not only loves to gather flowers for her table, but is actually fond of weeding, pruning and snipping! She certainly receives pleasure and gratification with gardening, but she also realizes that she can look forward to lots of hard work. It means time spent preparing her porch plants for the winter…..hauling all of them in her garage-appointed greenhouse, and then carefully placing them under her grow lights in preparation for the daylight’s waning.

Pretty Lilies

Once she puts her charges “to bed” for the winter, she looks forward to receiving the much anticipated seed catalogs, soon to be stuffed in her mail box. This won’t happen though for a few months, so that is something she awaits with hope mixed with impatience. But once those catalogs come, they keep coming and she keeps reading and dreaming….dreaming of what those exotic seeds will produce.

Delicate Trumpet Flower

Our mother has always enjoyed propagating plants. She uses slips, cuttings, leaves or anything she can get her hands on! Her work gives birth to many different kinds of plants…..and we receive the benefits!

A view of her garden path

Her garage-appointed greenhouse also functions as a plant hospital. There is an area dedicated to those little plants that are struggling to live. Her dedication to these “green” patients gives way to some healthy growth, at which point, they are eventually potted up and ready to be released to the outdoors!

Ezra, her great-grandson, enjoying the fruit (blueberries) of her labor!

Our mother, DeLoris Heppeard, has inspired, influenced and instilled in us the appreciation, admiration and understanding in what it is to have a garden. We do have a special recipe that our mother has given us (we love her potato salad!!) And we’ve always had fun looking at old family photos that have been handed down. But the best legacy that she could ever give us would be to possess “l’amour de jardinage” ..……..the love of gardening!

This trumpet flower reminds me of a dancing young fairy in a pink skirt!

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Slow down, you move too fast.
You got to make the morning last.
Just kicking down the cobble stones.
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.

Ba da, Ba da, Ba da, Ba da…Feelin’ Groovy.

Hello lamp-post,
What cha knowin’?
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’.
Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.

I’ve got no deeds to do,
No promises to keep.
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep.
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me.
Life, I love you,
All is groovy.

How do you relax? What ways do you rest? How do you refresh yourself?  Where do you go to take a break?  What do you do to take care of yourself? 

Do you know what rejuvenate means?  It means “to make new again”. 

 What about  relaxing…..do you know how?  You breathe in, calm down, collect oneself, compose oneself, cool off,  hang loose, knock off, lie down, loosen up, make oneself at home and put one’s feet up.

What about rest? How do you rest? Rest is relief or freedom from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs. Rest is a refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor, a period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude, or tranquillity.

Do you ever stop long enough to “feel groovy”?

We are too, too busy. Our 24 hours are completely filled with things to do. Usually 6 hours of those 24 are spent in a restless sleep, tossing and turning, waiting for the alarm to go off to get up to do all of “those” things again.

Did you really stop to think that God has made us to really enjoy the lives he has given us? God has provided so many ways for us to take time away from work, and enjoy His creation. He really does want us to have fun! When was the last time you took a leisurely walk with a loved one and just talked and enjoyed one another?  Do you feel guilty if you do take a few moments and goof off? Don’t worry so much….as it says in Matthew 6:34: “So never worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

In Ecclesiastes 3, verse 10 and following,  Solomon observed, ” I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied.  He has made everything appropriate in its time.  He has also put eternity in their hearts,  but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the  good life.  It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.  I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him.  Whatever is, has already been, and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.”

It is a gift of God to enjoy life. Take that gift and see how serene your life can become.

Get to Groovin’!!

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Jim and I discovered these weird red mushrooms on our morning walk this morning. And I knew I had to get back to the house and grab my camera to capture these beautiful and strange mushrooms on film. I tried to find the name of these beauties but there are soooo many different types of red mushrooms so I need to do a little bit more research. I would imagine that they are poisonous. Here they are:

          

They almost look like little eggs emerging from the ground!

Ugh...what's that white stuff?

This is the first one I posted, but wanted to show you that something ate some of it, but must have not liked it!

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by Charles R. Swindoll

1 Timothy 6:17-19

If there were one great message I could deliver to those who struggle with not having an abundance of this world’s goods, it would be this simple yet profound premise for happiness: Great wealth is not related to money! It is an attitude of satisfaction coupled with inner peace, plus a day-by-day, moment-by-moment walk with God. Sounds so right, so good, doesn’t it? In our world of more, more, more . . . push, push, push . . . grab, grab, grab, this counsel is long overdue. In a word, the secret is contentment.

Contentment is something we must learn. It isn’t a trait we’re born with. But the question is how?

First, it really helps us to quit striving for more if we read the eternal dimension into today’s situation. We entered life empty-handed; we leave it the same way.

Second, it also helps us model contentment if we’ll boil life down to its essentials and try to simplify our lifestyle: something to eat, something to wear, and a roof over our heads.

Everything beyond that we’d do well to consider as extra.

It’s foolish to trust in riches for security and they bring no lasting satisfaction. It is God alone who supplies us “with all things to enjoy” which leads to contentment.  

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